Eau Claire Woman Featured in “Tips from Former Smoker” Campaign - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Eau Claire Woman Featured in “Tips from Former Smoker” Campaign

Posted:
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Amanda Brenden started smoking in 5th grade. By age 12 she was smoking every day.

“Nicotine had a really strong hold on me,” said Brenden.

She smoked through high school and college, and when she became pregnant with her first child she couldn't quit.

“I knew smoking while I was pregnant was dangerous,” said Brenden. “I really didn't think that it was going to happen to me or my baby.”

Amanda's baby was born two months premature and only weighed three pounds.

“It was not the plan I had for my first child to be born in a level III hospital,” said Brenden.

Now, seven years later, her daughter suffers from chronic asthma and allergy problems and has to take multiple medications every day.

“I feel a tremendous amount of guilt,” said Brenden. “I wish I could go back and quit smoking before I was ever pregnant.”

Although Amanda's honesty is unique, her story is not. And right now it is being highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of their relaunch of their “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign.

“My tip to you is speak into the opening so your baby can hear you better,” said Brenden.

While deciding to participate in this campaign was difficult, Amanda hopes that her story will reach other pregnant women before it's too late.

“I want people to know that smoking during pregnancy is dangerous,” said Brenden. “This is a real story. This really happened to me. And it can happen to you. But you can prevent this.”

Most Viewed Content

Stories
Videos
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.